Societies are in a midst of an information revolution, and only recently are the implications being understood. The past few decades have witnessed a dramatic transformation in the way people shop, bank, and go about our daily business. These changes have resulted in an unprecedented proliferation of records and data. Minor details that were once captured in dim memories or fading scraps of paper are now preserved forever in the digital minds of computers, in vast databases with fertile fields of personal data. Every day, streams of information flow into electric brains to be sifted, sorted, rearranged, and combined in hundreds of different ways. Digital technology enables the preservation of the minutia of society's everyday life; their comings and goings, their likes and dislikes, and who they are and what they own. It is ever more possible to create an electronic collage that covers much of a person's life. It is a life captured in records, a digital person composed in the collective computer networks of the world.
Therefore the introduction of technology has greatly altered the world, where everywhere is here. This means that the world has been folding on to itself bringing the vastest corners of the world to one point (where ever that point is). The question now is how can these changes alter the built environment in the future? What are the branches that affect them? And what are the issues? The research conducted attempts to clarify these issues and branches and deliver a number of visions of how places should look like in the twenty first century.